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Lists the various WWE wrestlers who are currently part of the WWE NXT Developmental System. Please limit associated tropes to that wrestler's time in WWE.

When a wrestler gets either released or called up to the main roster (Raw, Smackdown, etc.), remove them from here. If the latter, also add them to the respective character pages: New Era (for male singles wrestlers), Divas, or Tag Teams. When they get an independent page, remove the tropes and put a link in to their page.

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Television roster

Contains Superstars who have made their debut and currently appear regularly and primarily on NXT's weekly show.

Singles Wrestlers

    A-Kid/Axiom 

A-Kid/Axiom (Carlos Ruiz)

    Fabian Aichner/Giovanni Vinci 

Fabian Aichner/Giovanni Vinci (Fabian Aichner)

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  • Catchphrase: As Giovanni Vinci in NXT 2.0: "Veni, vidi, Vinci."
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Initially appeared as a participant in the Cruiserweight Classic (where the upper weight limit was 205 pounds), losing to (Gentleman) Jack Gallagher in the first round. About a year later, he makes his first NXT TV appearance and is significantly larger (now billed at about 220). The bulk gain is even commented upon during his matches.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: It's fairly obvious WWE is going for this by throwing the Italian-born Aichner into a Tag Team with the German Marcel Barthel and sticking them both on the NXT UK brand and having the announce team keep calling them the "European Union" note . That said, it's being handled slightly more subtly than most instances of this trope.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Still has some cruiserweight-type moves in his repertoire, despite now weighing at least 220 pounds and hitting like it.
  • The Red Baron: Has taken to calling himself "The NXT LVL".
  • Villain Team-Up/Tag Team: With Marcel Barthel. And then again with the newly-turned WALTER to form the Power Stable Imperium.

    Boa 

Boa (Yanbo Wang)

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  • The Unfought: Obviously has gone through training in real life and in storyline, but doesn't typically get involved physically. After Tian Sha split up, Boa became a much more active competitor.
  • Training from Hell: Along with Xia Li, underwent several weeks of this in some secret underground lair before returning in 2021.
  • Whole Costume Reference: His dark suit/black sunglasses combo brings to mind Neo in The Matrix.
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    Bron Breakker 

Bron Breakker (Bronson Rechsteiner)

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  • Alliterative Name: Bron Breakker.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He's one of the zombies in the lumberjack match between The Miz and Damian Priest.
  • Expy: He may be Rick's son and definitely got the athletic ability, but his look and promo style is almost all Uncle Scott. Heck, if you pull up a Bron Breakker promo next to a Scott Steiner promo, their cadences and voices even sound similar.
  • Finishing Move: A gorilla press powerslam.
  • Hollywood Spelling: Presumably because this made the name easy to trademark, but Breakker having two 'K's was a source of discussion and derision for a while.
  • Hot-Blooded: Definitely inherited the Steiner family intensity. To go with being young and relatively inexperienced. Some opponents have used this against him.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: He's a former NFL fullback, and he incorporates some football maneuvers into his wrestling style.
  • Meaningful Name: He calls himself Bron Breakker as a nod to his mentality on the football field of being out to break his opponents in half to get them out of his way; a nod extended by the existence of several semi-pro level sports teams in the United States who franchise name is the Breakers. It also contains a subtle nod to his background as the scion of the Steiner Brothers, as "break" is a synonym for "wreck", which sounds exactly like "Rech", the forgotten part of the Steiner surname.
  • Mythology Gag: Despite not directly using the Steiner name, there's something of a Running Gag of others making several references to Bron being related to the Steiner Brothers, especially his uncle Scott, with various degrees of subtlety. He wrestles in a wrestling singlet (like the brothers did during their tag team days), his entrance theme begins with a siren, Tommaso Ciampa once told him that he had a 33 ⅓ chance of beating him for the NXT Championship (a reference to Scott's infamous "Steiner Math" promo), he got insulted by Chucky in a manner similar to what his father went through on an episode of WCW Nitro and Johnny Gargano once called him the "Big Bad Booty Nephew" (after his uncle's "Big Bad Booty Daddy" moniker).
  • Wrestling Family: He's the son of Rick Steiner and the nephew of the (in)famous Scott Steiner. Following the Steiner Brothers' induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, his father was incorporated into his feud with Joe Gacy, with the progressive cultist attacking Rick to get to Bron.

    Josh Briggs 

Josh Briggs (Joshua Bruns)

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  • Last of His Kind: Was the final champion for EVOLVE before WWE purchased the promotion.

    Apollo Crews 

Apollo Crews/Apollo (Sesugh Uhaa)

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  • Accent Relapse: Spoke in clear American English as a face, but after his gimmick change to a heelish chieftain-type character, he picked up an African accent due to his African (specifically Nigerian) heritage. This was undone when he returned to NXT as a face.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Uhaa's been mistaken a few times for Terry Crews, hence the ring name.
  • Evil Costume Switch: After his heel turn, he's wearing wrestling tights.
  • Face–Heel Turn:
    • His 2017 alliance with Titus O'Neil, though at this point he was more of a Punch-Clock Villain, as he didn't really do anything villainous and seemed to only barely tolerate Titus' antics.
    • In 2021, on the February 19 episode of Smackdown, Crews lost to Shinsuke Nakamura in a match. After the match, Crews attacked Nakamura and Big E, thus turning heel.
  • Giant Mook: Post-heel turn, has one in Commander Azeez, who stands at nearly 7' tall and makes Apollo (himself not the smallest guy by any stretch) look tiny.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Titus turned face.
    • Heel–Face Return: After being absent from the main roster, Apollo returned to NXT as a babyface.
  • Incoming Ham: "APOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!"
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's 6 foot 1, weighs 240 pounds, has a noticeably thick upper body that makes him look more like 260, but he moves scarily fast for someone his size. Best shown with his Finishing Move—he uses a gorilla press drop to show his strength, followed by a combination of moonsaults and shooting star presses to show his agility. Keep in mind, this is a standing moonsault.
  • Only One Name: The 'Crews' was dropped at some point in 2018, only to be brought back several months later.
  • Shout-Out: The name is a shoutout to Apollo Creed and Terry Crews, the latter of whom Uhaa very closely resembles. His name has caused a few verbal blunders with several people saying Apollo Creed on accident, while The Miz did it on purpose.
  • Spirited Competitor: His main character trait outside his remarkable athleticism is he's a good guy driven to be a champion.
  • Straight Man: Titus O'Neil can be... a bit over the top, which gives the very even-tempered Apollo Crews this vibe. It's not uncommon for Crews to wordlessly watch some of Titus's antics with a bemused "WTF?" look on his face.
  • Warrior Prince: Styles himself as this in his heel gimmick, citing his grandfather's status in Nigeria.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: His current wrestling gear features the colors of the Nigeria flag.

    Dante Chen 

Dante Chen (Sean Tan)

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  • Ur-Example: The first wrestler from Singapore under a WWE contract.

    Ru Feng 

Ru Feng (Feishan Wang)

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    Nathan Frazer 

Nathan Frazer (Benjamin Timms)

  • Cool Teacher: Trained by Seth Rollins, which is touched on briefly in his introductory vignette.
  • Meaningful Rename: He changed his name from Ben Carter to Nathan Frazer, apparently his real name, to signify becoming a new man; he told Noam Dar that 'Ben Carter' was the name he used when he started out because he was worried about his parents finding out he was wrestling.

    Joe Gacy 

Joe Gacy (Joseph Ruby)

  • Ax-Crazy: As his time in NXT wore on, it started to become more and more obvious that Gacy wasn't completely right in the head.
  • Politically Correct Villain: His current gimmick in NXT 2.0 incorporates progressive elements such as inclusion and acceptance, despite him being a nasty Heel.
  • Political Correctness Is Evil: His gimmick is the negative stereotypes of a Social Justice Warrior (e.g preachy, argumentative, hypocritically intolerant of other views, and in extreme cases, secretly mentally disturbed).

    Cameron Grimes 

Cameron Grimes (Trevor Caddell)

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  • Affectionate Parody: Grimes' new gimmick is basically a less effectual Ted DiBiase. He's even brought out the infamous 'dribble basketball X times for cash' segment— only with far less success. Then when LA Knight beat Grimes for the Million Dollar Belt, and on the next show thanked DiBiase for the opportunity by punching him in the face, Grimes ran out to defend him, cementing his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Always Someone Better: He tries to flaunt his wealth, only to be constantly outdone by Ted DiBiase.
  • Carpet of Virility: Sports noticeably thick chest hair along with his beard.
  • Catchphrase: "To... the... MOON!"
  • Deep South: Is from North Carolina and sports a noticeably thick accent.
  • Finishing Move: The Cave-In, a Goomba Stomp quick enough to make it an effective One-Hit Kill.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He came out to protect Ted DiBiase from LA Knight's attack, establishing himself as a heroic character.
  • Meaningful Name: "Grimes" refers to his physical, one could almost argue 'dirty' style of wrestling. "Cameron" is a Shout-Out to his birthplace of Cameron, North Carolina.
  • Money Song: His newest theme song, "Stackin' Money", basically tells the listener about how he got his wealth.
  • Nouveau Riche: He managed to get rich by investing in GameStop and Dogecoin, getting so much money that he doesn't know what to do with it and just throwing wads of cash away.
  • Oh, Crap!: When it was announced that Grimes would be going one-on-one in a "Haunted House of Terrors" match with resident Creepy Good Stalker Without a Crush Dexter Lumis, Grimes' ever-present shit-eating grin slid off his face instantly.
  • Red Baron: "The Technical Savage."
  • Signature Move: The "Collision Course", a Fallaway Moonsault Slam. It's usually used as a counter to the crossbody.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: Ted DiBiase has shown up as one for Grimes in his new gimmick— much to the delight of longtime WWE fans.
  • Squash Match: Uncommonly for non-monster heel types, he's been on the giving end of a couple of these. Once beat Sean Maluta with one move in just under 8 seconds.
  • Troll: His heel character is basically a country boy with an extremely loud mouth that likes poking the proverbial bear.
  • Visual Pun: Showed up in a Halloween party segment dressed as an astronaut. Think about it.

    Carmelo Hayes 

Carmelo Hayes (Christian Brigham)

  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After winning the NXT Breakout Tournament, he brought in Trick Williams to watch his back, and Trick promptly convinced him to get a lot more egotistical. He also captured the North American Championship from Isaiah "Swerve" Scott by taking his guaranteed championship opportunity just moments after Swerve had gone through a grueling defense, in a direct mirror to the main roster's Money in the Bank concept.
  • Tournament Arc: Winner of the 2021 NXT Breakout Tournament.

    Duke Hudson 

Duke Hudson (Brendan Vink)

  • Battle Couple: With Persia Pirotta.
  • Dodgy Toupee: After losing a Hair vs. Hair match and being shaved bald by Cameron Grimes, he attempted to cover his bald head with an extremely conspicuous blonde wig that had to be held on by wrestling headgear.
  • The Gambler: He's often seen at a poker table when not wrestling.
  • You Look Familiar: Was actually very briefly on the main roster under his real name in a tag team with Shane Thorne (his former The Mighty Don't Kneel stablemate), managed by MVP, before reverting to NXT and changing names and gimmicks.

    Ikemen Jiro 

Ikemen Jiro (Sojiro Higuchi)

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  • Agent Peacock: He dresses in a variety of weird outfits,note  but he's still a dangerous competitor in his own right.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: To say that he's a bit out there would be an understatement.

    Brooks Jensen 

Brooks Jensen (Benjamin Buchanan)

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    Odyssey Jones 

Odyssey Jones (Omari Jahi Palmer)

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  • Big Fun: 400+ pounds with a personality as huge and as colorful as his singlets.
  • Death from Above: Settled on a diving splash from the second rope as his finisher.
  • Tournament Arc: Was introduced in the 2021 NXT Breakout Tournament, where he was the runner-up.

    JD McDonagh 

Jordan Devlin/JD McDonagh

    Xyon Quinn 

Xyon Quinn (Daniel Vidot)

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    Sanga 

Sanga (Saurav Gurjar)

    Solo Sikoa 

Solo Sikoa (Joseph Fatu)

  • Ass Kicks You: He uses his father and late uncle's signature corner hip check, much like his brothers.
  • Black Sheep: His initial introduction as the "Street Champion of the Island" had him claim he was abandoned to survive on his own since he was fifteen years old, and also mentioned that he "used to walk with those down since day ones", implying some sort of falling out with his family nearly around the time his brothers first signed to developmental.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: He bleaches his hair, much like his father did.
  • Expy: Sort of resembles kickboxing and MMA veteran Mark Hunt, another bleached blonde fighter of Samoan descent.
  • Finishing Move: A Samoan splash, his family's preferred finisher.
  • Meaningful Name: As a solitary fighter who was in some way abandoned by his brothers and is making his initial stand completely separate from them, going by Solo Sikoa instead of any Uso name definitely fits the bill. Solo is also the first four letters of his father and grandfather's name.
  • Red Baron: The Street Champion of The Island.
  • Wrestling Family: He's the son of Rikishi, younger brother of The Usos, and thus yet another of the near-countless members of the Anoa'i Samoan Dynasty.

    Grayson Waller 

Grayson Waller (Matt Farelly)

    Trick Williams 

Trick Williams (Matrick Belton)

Women's Division

    Kayden Carter 

Kayden Carter (Allyssa "Lacey" Lane)

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    Katana Chance 

Kacy Catanzaro/Katana Chance (Kacy Catanzaro)

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  • Life of the Party: She and Kayden Carter started taking up the party animal lifestyle in late 2021, which wound up playing nicely into her Sudden Name Change as Katana Chance when an edict came down in April 2022 stamping out non-WWE-created ring names for developmental talent and new call-ups.
  • Meaningful Name: Katana Chance bears the same initials as both her real name of Kacy Catanzaro and her tag team partner's ring name of Kayden Carter, not to mention having the exact same amount of letters and syllables as her partner's name. In addition, it evokes both her American Ninja Warrior background and her party animal persona.
  • Put on a Bus: Requested her release from WWE at one point and even retired for a time because of injuries and doubts about continuing in the wrestling business. The Bus Came Back several months later and she has been heavily involved on television ever since.
  • Tag Team: Frequently pairs together with Kayden Carter as Team Ninja.
  • Waif-Fu: Most of Kacy's offense. Listed at 5' tall and 95 lbs., she is likely the smallest in-ring competitor in WWE, full stop, and is a former gymnast.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Xia Li after she joined Tian Sha and Kacy and Kayden failed to bring her back to being a Face.

    Wendy Choo 

Mey Ying/Wendy Choo (Karen Q)

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: An eccentric, offbeatWomanchild that likes playing pranks (when she's not napping) and comes to the ring dressed in colorful romper pajamas - but underestimate her at your own peril as she's way tougher than she looks.
  • Finishing Move: As Mei Ying she used the Tongan Death Grip with ruthless efficiency.
  • Orcus on His Throne: She mostly sat on her throne while as Mei Ying while her subordinates did all the fighting for her.
  • Sleepyhead: Napping is Wendy's favorite hobby.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Her character as Mei Ying was a variation of one, although obviously Chinese.

    Cora Jade 

Cora Jade (Brianna Coda)

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  • The Baby of the Bunch: Her young age (20-21 at time of debut) compared to the rest of NXT's competitors is brought up regularly.
  • Battle Couple: Was briefly repackaged for NXT 2.0 as part of an act with Trey Baxter, her then-real life partner.
  • Cool Board: Rides it down to the ring as part of her entrance as a Face.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Betrayed Roxanne Perez in her title match against NXT Women's Champion Mandy Rose, revealing that she had attacked her backstage to try to replace her in the match.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Roxanne Perez, due to "replacing" her as the hot new prospect everyone was talking about despite the fact that Cora was the one that brought her in.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Has jokingly commented on Trey Baxter's losses in NXT a couple of times and seemed to be oblivious to how this is hurting Trey's feelings. He was out of the company not too long after.
  • Paint It Black: As a heel. First when teaming with Gigi Dolin before Toxic Attraction, then again after turning on Roxanne.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Roxanne Perez.

    Valentina Feroz 

Valentina Feroz (Rita Reis)

    Alba Fyre 

Kay Lee Ray/Alba Fyre (Kayleigh Rae)

  • The Corrupter: When she tortured Toni Storm in an I Quit match for the NXT UK Women's championship. It resulted in Toni's first Face–Heel Turn on the November 25th, 2021 edition of WWE NXT.
  • Evil Redhead: She has dyed red hair and is mostly a Heel.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Right after saving Io Shirai from the attacks of Toxic Attraction, and since then, she's now an Anti-Hero and later an outright Face as Alba Fyre.
  • Manipulative Bitch: An expert at psychological warfare.
  • Meaningful Rename: Was featured in a vignette using the new WWE-ordered ring name Alba Fyre in 2022, where she talked about retracing her past to unlock her true self. The name also matches well with her red hair and daredevil nature.
  • Red Baron: The Scottish Daredevil, or The Scary Queen of Scots.
  • Odd Friendship: With Io Shirai, who barely showed any kind of empathy to anyone, even her former tag partner Zoey Stark. Resulted in a sort of Heel–Face Turn for her.
  • Use Your Head: Staying true to her Scottish heritage, she often precedes her finishing move with a Glasgow Kiss.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: A prominent Heel known for her distinct cheekbones.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Toni Storm.

    Indi Hartwell 

Indi Hartwell (Samantha De Martin)

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    Lash Legend 

Lash Legend (Anriel Howard)

    Yulisa Leon 

Yulisa Leon (Jennifer Cantu Iglesias)

    Nikkita Lyons 

Nikkita Lyons (Faith Jefferies)

  • Animal Motifs: Lions. She's named Nikkita Lyons and lots of lion-themed words are used regarding her, such as a a hype video for her being titled "Nikkita Lyons is ready to roar on NXT 2.0".
  • I Know Kung-Fu: Lyons is trained in the martial art of Tae Kwon Do.
  • Mythology Gag: Her whole lion-themed persona seems to be a reference to her wrestling on the independent scene as "Faith the Lioness".

    Amari Miller 

Amari Miller (Camron Bra'Nae)

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    Roxanne Perez 

Roxanne Perez (Carla Gonzalez)

  • The Baby of the Bunch: Debuted at age 20, around the same age as Cora Jade.
  • Homage: To AJ Lee, which is cited by Roxanne herself as one of her inspirations.
  • Finishing Move: Pop Rox, also known as the iconic "Canadian Destroyer", innovated and popularized by former TNA/Impact Wrestling Original turned WWE Producer Petey Williams.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Wears purple in her wrestling gears and is very competent.
  • Teen Genius: Started her wrestling training at 13 years old and completed it at 16 by Booker T himself, before joining WWE.
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Cora Jade after the latter turned Heel.

    Sarray 

Sarray (Sari Fujimura)

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  • Badass Adorable: She will not hesitate to break your face if you're in the ring with her (just ask Mandy Rose), but outside the ring she's just so polite and sweet and sounds almost shy when she talks. Even her entrance music reflects this, starting with a borderline-bubblegum pop feel before taking a hard left turn into heavy metal a few bars in.
  • Magical Girl: Her gimmick in NXT 2.0 is a wrestling version of this trope, invoking Sailor Moon to a degree.
  • Red Baron: "Warrior of the Sun".
  • Transformation Sequence: Her entrance in NXT 2.0 involves her in a schoolgirl outfit walking into a fog while focusing on her grandmother's necklace and then she comes out in her ring attire. The commentators even lampshaded this when she was ambushed by Tiffany Stratton while she was still in her schoolgirl outfit, saying that she didn't have a chance to transform.

    Zoey Stark 

Zoey Stark (Theresa Serrano)

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  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: When she teamed up with Io to take the tag titles from The Way, Zoey tried to get along with Io after they became champions, but they were too different and did not become friends. However, they respected each other and worked well enough together in the ring to defend the titles for several months.

    Tiffany Stratton 

Tiffany Stratton (Jessica Woynilko)

  • Battle Couple: For a while, she got a program with her on-screen boyfriend Grayson Waller.
  • Belly Flop Crushing: Her finishing move is a spinning corner slingshot splash.
  • Meaningful Name: She bears the first name of a former ECW General Manager as well as a very similar naming structure to Trish Stratus. All three women were beautiful sculpted blondes who came to WWF/E with non-wrestling athletic backgrounds, and daddy's girl introducing herself by her lifestyle before bringing up her athletic talents matches how the previous Tiffany and Stratus both started out on TV with non-wrestling roles before transitioning to the ring.
  • Spoiled Brat: Her character is that of daddy's little rich girl. Prior to her debut, it has been established that her father paid for everything she wanted. Always getting what she wanted greatly shaped her personality into adulthood.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Her 5'7", 143-pound, solidly-muscular figure being the one visible constant in all her introductory vignettes was an early tell that, despite being spoiled rotten and proud to tell the tale, she put a lot of work in and was given the best training available to be conditioned and ready for NXT. And that was before her real life Olympic gymnast background was included as part of that story.
  • That Wasn't a Request: Not being used to rejection, when Sarray politely refused her offer of giving her a new necklace to replace the one she received from her grandmother, Tiffany responded by attacking Sarray.
  • Use Your Head: During a match against Sarray, Tiffany countered a waistlock by slamming the back of her head into Sarray's face. This knocked her out long enough for Tiffany to execute her finishing move.

Tag Teams and Stables

    Chase University 

Andre Chase (Chance Barrow)

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  • Running Gag: Somebody saying the word "chase", which leads to him yelling out if somebody said Andre Chase.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Ever since Grayson Waller rubbed him the wrong way, and as a result, he now defends Chase University's honor.
  • Sadist Teacher: Downplayed, but his gimmick is a pastiche of Jerkass University profs. No longer the case since he turned Face.

Bodhi Hayward (Brady Booker)

Thea Hail (Maddie Knisley)

  • The Baby of the Bunch: She's the youngest WWE Superstar at just 18 years old, joining after graduating from high school!

    The D'Angelo Family 

Tony D'Angelo (Joseph Ariola)

  • Crowbar Combatant: A crowbar is the perfect weapon for a mobster.
  • Deadly Euphemism: He says that his family has been in the waste management business for a while. Anyone familiar with anything mafia-related would instantly understand what that means.
  • Finishing Move: "Fuggetaboutit", a fisherman suplex (fitting as his family has a stake in the fish market).
  • The Mafia: A thinly veiled pastiche of a wiseguy.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He often attempts to slip some money into the referee's pockets, but the way he does it in open view doesn't exactly do him any good.
  • Shout-Out: A walking one to The Sopranos. He also did the "sleep with the fishes" analogy from The Godfather by sending a package containing a fish to Indi Hartwell, as an implied threat to Indi's in-storyline husband Dexter Lumis.

Channing "Stacks" Lorenzo (Mitchell Lavalley)

    Diamond Mine 

As a Team

  • The Artifact: The stable's name seems to be a reference to how the stable's manager Malcolm Bivens called Tyler Rust a "diamond in the rust". Rust was released mere weeks after the group debuted, followed by Bivens several months later.
  • Spiritual Successor: To The Undisputed Era, a stable also known for their sudden beatdown penchant and featuring Roderick Strong.
  • Start My Own: After the dissolving of The Undisputed Era, Strong has decided to create his own stable with him as the leader.

Roderick Strong (Christopher Lindsey)


Julius Creed (Jacob Kasper)


Brutus Creed (Drew Kasper)


Ivy Nile (Emily Andzulis)

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Damon Kemp (Bobby Steveson)

  • Token Minority: Is the only black man in Diamond Mine.
  • Wrestling Family: Is the older brother of Olympic Freestyle gold medalist (and RAW superstar-in-waiting) Gable Steveson.

    Edris & Malik 

Edris Enofe (Inyene Umoh)

Malik Blade (Joshua Dawkins)

    Grizzled Young Veterans/The Dyad 

As a Team

  • Beard of Evil: Both Gibson and Drake in particular have impressive ones... until they were repackaged and renamed on NXT 2.0 and made to shave.
  • Mooks: Started working for Joe Gacy as The Dyad.
  • Ur-Example: The inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions.

Zack Gibson / Rip Fowler(Jack Rea)

James Drake / Jagger Reid (James Dowell)

    Legado del Fantasma 

El Hijo del Fantasma/Santos Escobar (Jorge Luis Alcantar Bolly)

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  • Badass Boast: To go with the unmasking below:
    "I am Santos Escobar, I am the NXT Cruiserweight Champion, and no one can touch me!"
  • Cool Mask
  • Cultural Rebel: For all his talk about being the heir to the legacy of lucha libre, he doesn't seem to have much respect for its traditions. Literally his first act upon his heel turn was to remove his mask of his own free will— an act that would be viewed in actual lucha libre circles as dishonorable.
  • The Don: Plays with this trope with his suited henchmen, obsession with his dynasty, and brutal beatings and kidnappings giving off a cartel vibe. (Given that his ring name is meant to reference Medellin cartel leader Pablo Escobar, this is probably very intentional.) Given that he was responsible for the original disappearances of the two men that became his muscle later, it's implied that his organization is larger than even what is shown on screen, at the very least featuring a Wheelman and some other unnamed subordinates.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Both him and two of the mysterious men in his employ, at his Face–Heel Turn, revealing himself as Santos Escobar.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Fantasma joined forces with the masked men who appeared in the NXT Cruiserweight Championship tournament final, who revealed themselves as Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde (two men who'd been "kidnapped" by several other masked henchmen) and attacked Drake Maverick, then unmasked himself and revealed his "true name" to be Santos Escobar, turning heel in the process.
  • Red Baron: He is the "Emperor of Lucha Libre".
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Seen often in suits when he's not wrestling— particularly as Santos Escobar.

Raul Mendoza/Cruz del Toro (Raul Mendoza)

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  • Distressed Dude: In early March 2020 he was abducted in the NXT parking lot by a group of masked luchadores and was missing for a few months. It was eventually revealed that the whole thing was faked as part of Santos Escobar's new stable formation.
  • Face–Heel Turn: His allegiance to Santos saw him turn from a likable underdog to a ruthless minion.
  • Finishing Move: The 450 splash.
  • Jobber: Typically, his appearances end with him looking at the lights. This situation improved for him with the formation of Legado del Fantasma and he began winning frequent tag matches alongside Joaquin Wilde.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Follows in Santos' style and dresses in flashy suits when not wrestling.

Joaquin Wilde (Michael Paris)

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  • Distressed Dude: In April 2020, Joaquin was abducted in the NXT parking lot by a group of masked luchadores like Raul Mendoza had been a few weeks prior and was missing for a few months. They eventually turned up again as the other members of Santos Escobar's new stable, with the kidnapping having been staged.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Follows in Santos Escobar's style and dresses in flashy suits when not wrestling.

Elektra Lopez (Karissa Rivera)

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  • The Smurfette Principle: Commentary notes that Santos sought out Elektra to join Legado del Fantasma both to even the odds against Hit Row and branch the faction out for greater dominance of NXT.
  • Wrestling Family: Her father was the professional wrestler Jose Rivera, better known in the WWE as Steve King.

    Pretty Deadly 

As a Team

  • Catchphrase: "Yes, boy!"
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Both of them have long, luscious locks (Lewis blond, Sam brunet).
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: As their gimmick is that of two rather vain male models, this is a given. Their ring gear mostly consists of tight leather jeans, and if they're not wrestling, they're usually in floral shirts and even tighter denim jeans.

Elton Prince (Lewis Howley)

Kit Wilson (Sam Stoker)

    Robert Stone Brand 

As a Team

  • Beauty Is Bad: Essentially the group's main shtick. They're a Heel Power Stable consisting of good looking people. (One notable exception was the tough Mercedes Martinez, who didn't care about looking pretty, and even then she muscled her way into the Brand.)
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: The post-Chelsea Green incarnation had the trio of Stone (Jewish American), Aliyah (Canadian of West Asian origins), and Mercedes Martinez (Latin-American).
  • In Name Only: Franky Monet essentially usurped control from Stone after Aliyah moved to the main roster, relegating him to a Beleaguered Assistant. Stone would eventually regain control after Monet was legitimately released.

Robert Stone (Robert Strauss)

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  • Butt-Monkey: Nothing ever goes his way. At best, he manages an occasional Pyrrhic Victory. This even extends to how even outside of Kayfabe, three of his clients (Chelsea Green, Mercedes Martinez and Franky Monet) got released (although Green explicitly broke with him beforehand) while Aliyah and Sofia Cromwell got moved to the main roster, forcing him to rebuild his brand more than once.
  • The Chew Toy: His misfortunes are always Played for Laughs.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite being The Chew Toy, Stone was a noted midcard and Tag Team wrestler in TNA during the first half of the 2010s.
  • The Dandy: He's always dressed to the nines.
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: Shotzi Blackheart and Rhea Ripley have both attacked him at different points.
  • The One Guy: He recruits female wrestlers in his eponymous stable. At least until he recruited Von Wagner.
  • The Pawn: Chelsea Green just used him as a stepping stone.
  • Running Gag: Stone got his legs run over by Shotzi Blackheart's mini-tank once every couple of weeks.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: As mentioned above under The Dandy, he's always wearing suits.

Von Wagner (Cal Bloom)

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  • The Cameo: Had a random cameo on SmackDown (as Adam Pierce's bodyguard) several months into his NXT run.
  • Wrestling Family: His father is professional wrestler Wayne Bloom, better known to WWE fans as Beau Beverly of the Beverly Brothers.

    Toxic Attraction 

As a team

  • Beauty Is Bad: A Heel trio consisting of beautiful women.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Their current composition, with Mandy dyeing her hair brown, Jacy having dirty blond locks, and Gigi with her bright orange hair. Subverted with Jacy later dying her hair brown like Mandy.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To the Horsewomen. The previous Heel trio that terrorized NXT's women's division were all former MMA fighters while Toxic Attraction are all pro-wrestlers. Essentially, the Horsewomen and Toxic Attraction are collectively Tomboy and Girly Girl.
  • Girl Posse: With Mandy Rose as the Alpha Bitch and the other two as her Co-Dragons.
  • Ms. Fanservice: They're often in a Walking Swimsuit Scene. Mandy and Gigi, in particular, are frequent providers of Male Gaze.
  • Spiritual Successor:
    • To the Horsewomen, the previous Heel trio that terrorized NXT's women's division.
    • They also seem to be a Gender Flip version of, oddly enough, The Undisputed Era; specifically, its original three man incarnation (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly), having their leader win the top title of their division (Cole/Rose) and the other two being a tag team that wins the tag team titles (Fish and O'Reilly/Dolin and Jayne). This becomes even more pronounced in the case of the tag team, with both even using the High-Low as their Finishing Move (with Toxic Attraction calling it the Toxic Shock), and Dolin's penchant for licking her tag team belt bringing to mind O'Reilly's penchant to play air guitar with his tag team belt.
  • Villainous Breakdown: On the August 2, 2022 episode of NXT 2.0, Gigi and Jacy snapped backstage after Kayden Carter and Katana Chance robbed them from their victory to win the vacated NXT Women's Tag Team Championship.

Mandy Rose (Amanda Saccomanno)


Gigi Dolin (Priscilla Kelly)

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  • Fiery Redhead: Has bright orange hair and is the more pronounced Beta Bitch.
  • Ms. Fanservice: One of the most conventionally beautiful women in the roster and her sex appeal is often highlighted.

Jacy Jayne (Taylor Grado)

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NXT House Show talent

Contains Superstars who have yet to become full-time members of either NXT television roster and primarily work house shows. If they do show up on-screen it is mainly as a jobber or for short storylines.

    Singles Wrestlers 

Taishan Dong (Dong Jianjun)

    Women's Division 

Arianna Grace (Bianca Carelli)

Ava Raine (Simone Johnson)

     Non-WWE talent 
Contains wrestlers who are not officially under WWE contract but make frequent TV appearances, typically to put over the contracted talent. NXT's usage of outside talent has ramped up in recent years, due to partnerships with both EVOLVE and Progress Wrestling, as well as the WWE Cruiserweight Classic and Mae Young Classic.

Tessa Blanchard

Kota Ibushi

Blue Pants (Leva Bates)

  • Ascended Extra: She was initially brought on to job to Carmella, but somehow managed to get so over with the crowd that she was given more matches and eventually showed up at Takeover: Brooklyn.
  • Atrocious Alias: Seriously, Blue Pants? THAT was the best they could come up with for her?
  • Big Damn Heroes: Showed up at the last minute to help the Vaudevillains deal with Alexa Bliss during their title match at Takeover: Brooklyn.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Her entrance music is a recording of Big Cass singing the theme from The Price Is Right.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": No one has even tried to ask if she has a name or identity outside the nickname Enzo and Cass gave her.
  • Handicapped Badass: She's partially deaf.
  • Mauve Shirt: Need to get someone quick heat? Bring Blue Pants in and have the heel destroy her.
  • Whole Costume Reference: Her outfit initially drew comparisons to old X-Men uniforms, what with essentially being a Kitty Pryde cosplay with the X belt removed, but after the release of Fallout4, it was slightly adjusted to match the vault boy outfit.


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